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D E R B Y S H I R E Derby has a history that dates to Roman times, but it was "created" a city in 1977 by Queen Elizabeth II.

Derby, since fairly early on, has been busy making things. It was soap, beer and cloth until the early 1700s when silk mills began to appear. The porcelain industry came to town in 1756 with William Duesbury, founder of what is today Royal Crown Derby Porcelain. In the 1800s railway workshops appeared and in 1907 Rolls Royce came to Derby. A statue of Sir Henry Royce, founder and engineer is in the city's park.

Visit the Derby Museum and Art Gallery and the Industrial Museum for a glimpse into the past of this manufacturing city.

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